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Andhra High Court Dismisses Jagan Reddy’s Bail Plea

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has dismissed the regular bail petition of YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case involving him.

The AP High Court had on 24thDecember dismissed the statutory bail plea of Jagan.

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court has dismissed the regular bail petition of YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case involving him.

The AP High Court had on 24thDecember dismissed the statutory bail plea of Jagan.

The CBI had on 22nd January alleged before the AP High Court that it was unable to speed up the investigation into Jaganmohan Reddys case owing to the non-cooperation of the state government.

Jagan's counsel S Niranjan Reddy arguing for the bail had earlier complained that the investigation seemed to be never-ending and in the name of incomplete investigation the bail cannot be denied.

The CBI, however, contended that the bail petition was not maintainable in accordance with the apex court order, which had said that Jagan had the liberty to approach the trial court for bail after the filing of the final charge sheet.

On 28th November, a special CBI court had dismissed his statutory bail petition observing that "granting bail at this stage of pending investigation will not only impede the investigation, but also infringe the avowed purpose set out by the Supreme Court in its order".

His second bail plea was also dismissed subsequently on 4thDecember after which Jagan moved the High Court and filed two bail petitions.

VANPIC project's promoter (industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad) allegedly invested Rs 854 crore in the companies belonging to Jagan towards a largesse for which the then AP government, led by late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, doled out many favours in the form of awarding the project.

Jagan, who was arrested on 27th May this year by CBI on corruption charges, is presently under judicial remand and lodged at the Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad.

The central agency had submitted a progress report on the ongoing investigation into the alleged illegal assets of Kadapa MP to the Andhra Pradesh High Court on 4th January.

Justice B Seshasayana Reddy dismissed the bail plea on twin grounds, observing that bail petition is not maintainable nor the grant of bail is desirable to the accused who is facing serious charges of financial irregularities.

The Supreme Court had categorically stated that CBI should be enabled to conclude its investigation on seven counts and file a comprehensive charge sheet.

The CBI is not able to complete its investigation on account of variety of constraints including lack of alleged proper cooperation from the state government, the judge said. Cumulatively, it is not desirable to grant bail to the accused, the judge noted in his order and dismissed the bail petition.

Earlier on 5th October, the Supreme Court had dismissed Jagan's bail plea in the disproportionate assets case.

While dismissing Jagan's bail petition, the apex court had ordered that the petitioner was open to renew his bail before the trial court "on completion of the investigation by the CBI in the seven aspects."

The CBI had earlier told the Supreme Court that it would be filing a final charge sheet on seven aspects – Sandur Power, Bharati/Raghuram Cements, Dalmia Cements, India Cements, Kolkata-based suitcase companies that sent money into Jagan companies, Lepakshi knowledge hub project, Indu Projects etc.

The central agency has so far filed four charge sheets against Jagan and others in as many cases.



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Setback for Lalu, Jharkhand HC Denies Bail to Him

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Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh rejected the bail petition of Lalu Prasad, saying he was the chief minister and finance minister during the scam period.

The Jharkhand High Court today rejected the bail plea of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav in connection with the second case related to the Rs 950 crore fodder scam of the 1990s. Lalu was sentenced to three and a half years in the case by a special CBI court in Ranchi on January 6. He had appealed for bail a week after his conviction.

This is one of the six cases lodged against Lalu in connection with the scam.

Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh rejected the bail petition of Lalu Prasad, saying he was the chief minister and finance minister during the scam period.

The Public Accounts Committee kept the file for years, but no action was taken.Dismissing Lalu Prasad’s defence, the judge said all the scam cases seemed to be done in his knowledge. Hence, the court is not inclined to release him on bail, the bench observed.

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Unprecedented Buzz Around Meghalaya and Nagaland Elections

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Election campaigning has reached fever pitch in Meghalaya and Nagaland ahead of assembly elections on 27th February.

The political temperatures have particularly soared in poll-bound Meghalaya and Nagaland after Thursday’s (February 22) rallies. While leaders of all parties in the fray are going all out to woo voters, people want the day to day challenges that they face to be addressed by those who come to power.

These challenges range from lack of clean drinking water to poor condition of roads and from lack of power connections to unemployment. Lack of adequate infrastructure is visible in the two states and people want the gap to be filled by the new governments.

The states may be different but issues that people face in the two states are quite similar. Meanwhile, the Congress too is reaching out to voters for support in the elections.

A look at the political scenario in Nagaland shows that out of 60 seats in the state assembly, Naga People’s Front or NPF is contesting on 59 seats.

Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has put candidates in 40 seats, BJP is fighting in 20 constituencies and Congress on 19 seats.

In the 60 seat Meghalaya assembly, BJP is contesting on 47 seats, Congress on 59 seats and NPP on 53 seats. The two states will go to polls on 27th February and results would be announced on 3rd March.

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AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal Sent to 14-day Judicial Custody

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Aam Aadmi Party MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days in the matter of the alleged assault on the Delhi Chief Secretary

A Delhi Court has reserved order on the bail petition by the duo till Friday. For now, they have been sent on a 14-day judicial custody.

The two MLAs, on expiry of their one-day judicial custody, were produced before metropolitan magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon who heard their bail applications and put up for hearing a fresh application filed by the Delhi police seeking their custodial interrogation to ascertain why the chief secretary was called at the midnight.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon said that orders on the bail pleas of AAP lawmakers Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

On Wednesday, Ms Tandon had refused a Delhi Police plea for police custody of the MLAs and sent them to judicial custody till Thursday.

The chief secretary alleged that he was beaten up by the two MLAs in the presence of Arvind Kejriwal at the chief minister’s residence here on Monday night, where he had been called for a meeting.

Prakash’s medical report confirmed that he had been assaulted, even as the Aam Aadmi Party sought to rubbish his claims, calling them wild and ludicrous and challenging his assertion that the meeting was about the release of funds for a celebratory round of advertising by the Delhi government, saying it was about rations not reaching people because of faulty implementation of Aadhaar.

While Jarwal was arrested on Tuesday night, Khan surrendered at a police station here on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, protests continue over the issue. BJP workers staged a massive protest outside Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence. BJP has demanded that action must be taken against the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as well.

Congress has also targeted AAP over its alleged conduct.

On the other hand, AAP continues to call the allegations fabricated. Party members held a demonstration over the issue.

Earlier on Thursday, members of AAP protested outside Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s home after he condemned the alleged assault of the chief secretary. Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party also protested against the AAP outside Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s house on Thursday, demanding Kejriwal’s resignation as chief minister. They claimed Kejriwal was present at the time the two AAP MLAs allegedly assaulted the Delhi chief secretary, so he must take responsibility for the incident.

After a body of Indian Administrative Services Officers protested against Prakash’s alleged assault, the home minister had said “civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear”, and that the Home Affairs Ministry had sought a report from Baijal.

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